Merry Edwards Winery Olivet Lane Pinot Noir

Sonoma County, United States

Vintage:2017 (Past)

2018 (Past) | 2021 (Current)

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Merry Edwards Winery Olivet Lane Pinot Noir 2017
  • WE 95
  • JD 94
  • WA 93+
  • WS 91


The Wine Advocate

93+ Points

December 19, 2019, Erin Brooks

“The 2017 Pinot Noir Olivet Lane comes from vines planted in 1973 in loamy soils. Made with 82% new French oak, it's medium ruby with aromas of granite, lilac and woodsmoke over rhubarb, crushed raspberries, potpourri and amaro touches. The palate is medium-bodied and fragrant with slowly evolving flavor layers and grainy tannins, with addicting freshness on the long, nuanced finish. This merits another couple of years in bottle.”

Wine Enthusiast

95 Points

December 1, 2019, Virginie Boone

“Generous and delicious, this is a tannic, boldly structured and beautifully brawny wine, rich in wild cherry and brambly blackberry. Toasted oak, orange and spicy nutmeg accent a luxurious mouthfeel on the midpalate before an unctuous wave of cocoa powder takes hold on the long finish.”

Wine Spectator

91 Points

August 31, 2019, Kim Marcus

“Crunchy, featuring crushed red plum, berry and cherry flavors, framed by fresh acidity. Slate and spice notes emerge midpalate. The finish lingers with savory richness. Drink now through 2023.”

Jeb Dunnuck

94 Points

June 14, 2019, Jeb Dunnuck

“The 2017 Pinot Noir Olivet Lane offers more spicy oak as well as solid black cherry, caramelized raspberries, and graphite aromas and flavors. It's beautifully balanced on the palate, with good midpalate depth and building tannins, as well as good acidity. It's a young, tight 2017 that will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and should last for over a decade.”


Merry Edwards approaches life with graceful intensity. Now in the fifth decade of her winemaking career, Merry has earned the universal respect of winemaking peers, grape growers and academicians.

At home in the Russian River Valley since 1977, Merry Edwards has explored its hills, pockets, slopes and hollows, discovering small sites where choosing the right rootstock, clone and farming techniques can produce exceptional grapes. This led her in 1996 to purchase land in the Sebastopol Hills region of Russian River Valley.

Located on western benchland of the Santa Rosa Plain, Olivet Lane produces grapes coveted by the finest winemakers in Sonoma County. This heritage property is one of the oldest existing Pinot vineyards in the appellation and has been widely recognized as a prime example of the classic style of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. The land has well-drained, gravelly, clay loam soil and a cool Region I climate. The Martini clone of Pinot, selected for this site, is recognized today as uniquely reflecting the classic features of the appellation’s terroir. She has produced a single vineyard bottling from Olivet Lane every year since founding the Merry Edwards brand in 1997.

Tasting Notes

This is an exceptional, standout vintage from Olivet Lane vineyard. Its forward aroma is plush with cherry, berry cordial and black currant jam, all wrapped in a sumptuous coat of rich, toasty oak. Sidelights of perfumed rose petals, sweet vanilla and milk chocolate act as a counterpoint to its fruit-forward core. On the expressive palate, bright underpinnings of acidity help accentuate and unfold the deeply layered fruit. Fine tannins create a lush mouthfeel. The parting impression we have of this Pinot is that of a dark-chocolate-covered cherry filled with liqueur. Take the time to linger over this wine — it has much to reveal!

Technical Information

Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir

Acres: 60 acres; 22 planted to Pinot Noir acres

Soil Composition: Gravelly clay loam

Average Vine Age: Planted in 1973 and 2017